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Torah Portion

Sing, Remember on Path to Liberation

By Rabbi Annie Lewis Parshat Beshalach In this week’s parshah, Beshalach, we make our way out of Egypt via a roundabout route and a march through...

Making the Most Out of Our Freedom

By Rabbi Daniel Levitt Parshat Bo This week’s Torah portion, Bo, marks the beginning of the Jewish people’s freedom from slavery in Egypt. It begins where last...

Finding a Way Through Pain, Suffering

By Rabbi Tsurah August Parshat Va’eira 5. I have now heard the moaning of the Israelites because the Egyptians are holding them in bondage, and I...

The Contrast Between Joseph and Moses

By Rabbi Shlomo Riski Shemot “Blessed art Thou, Lord our God, and God of our fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God...

How Do You See God?

By Rabbi Chaim Galfand Parshat Vayechi ”Meaning” is often subjective. Imagine that you stand with a group in front of an abstract painting by Pollock or...

Unconditional Sibling Love

By Rabbi Kevin Bernstein Parshat Vayigash Vayigash brings us close to the end of the Bereshit narrative — so close, we can almost taste the matzah....

Why We Read What We Do on Chanukah

By Rabbi Jon Cutler Parshat Miketz Ever notice that Parshat Miketz is always read on the intermediate Shabbat of Chanukah? Why? There’s a bigger issue — Chanukah...

Chanukah: A Festival of Many Faces

By Rabbi Howard Alpert Parshat Vayeshev American Jews love Chanukah. Only the Passover seder is more widely celebrated, and no other observance captures the popular Jewish...

Changing Times Show What’s in a Name

By Rabbi Marc Israel Parshat Yayishlach The Torah and rabbinic commentators place great import into the meaning of a name. We learn of the power of naming...

From Tragedy, Enlightenment Possible

By Rabbi Shawn Zevit Parshat Vayetze Following the stealing of his brother Esav’s blessing from their father Yitzhak, at the behest of his mother Rivka, Yaakov...